Amanda de Cadenet on Breast Size and Self Image

“From time immemorial, our beautiful breasts have been the source of nourishment, prepubescent wonderment, artistic rendering, erotic devotion, and a whole lotta magazines at the back of the stand.”


Boobs. Bosoms. Cans. Jugs. Melons. Rack.

Breasts have many euphemisms in our culture. They have been memorialized in art throughout history as symbols of fertility and beauty; and nowadays as sexual object in film and print. The primary function of a woman’s breasts (yes, men grow them too) are as a mammary glands for the feeding and nourishing of infants. Breasts have also grown to have a secondary function: they exist as part of our sexual attractiveness and their size can have a profound impact on our self-image. As a result, breast enhancement surgeries are more popular than ever. In fact, implants are the leading form of cosmetic surgery in our country.

We asked Amanda De Cadenet (photographer, writer, producer, director, mother and creator and host of The Conversation) to discuss her feelings on body image. She chose to share how her breast size has impacted her self-image.

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